16 Days of Activism 2021

16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence 2021
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16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence 2021

Each year, Respect Victoria supports organisations and individuals across Victoria to engage in the UN Women’s 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. This year is no different, and activities, campaigns and events will be happening throughout the state from Thursday 25 November, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women to Friday 10 December, Human Rights Day.

The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is a global initiative designed to galvanise individuals, communities and organisations to address gender inequalities, gender-based violence and take action to prevent violence before it starts. 

The information on this webpage is specifically designed for organisations, councils and other entities who wish to get involved with the 16 Days of Activism initiatives and raise awareness of the primary prevention of gender-based violence.

There are three elements to the Respect Victoria-led 16 Days of Activism initiative:

How you can get involved

Wondering how you or your organisation can get involved in this year’s 16 Days of Activism activities? Good news, there’s lots of different ways you can jump on board. Keep scrolling for more information on each of these initiatives! To start with, we suggest:

  1. Downloading the 16 Days of Activism toolkit and the creative campaign collateral – including fantastic resources and ways to get involved.
  2. Registering as an individual or organisation for the Walk Against Family Violence on 25 November.  
  3. Subscribing to the weekly 16 Days of Activism grassroots campaign newsletter for updates.
  4. Picking up a pair or two of 'Respect Women' earrings - created by Haus of Dizzy in collaboration with Respect Victoria. 
  5. Developing a ‘Respect Is’ statement for your organisation to launch on social media during 16 Days. Keep reading!

What is the 'Respect Is' campaign?

Respect Victoria is proud to partner with Safe and Equal on the 16 Days of Activism grassroots initiative, with the theme Respect Women: ‘Call It Out’ (Respect Is). This campaign will focus on delivering primary prevention messages to the public in an accessible way, with positive and hopeful framing. We know that the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has shone a light on the inequalities, disrespect and violence that women are experiencing across the state, country and globe.

We have seen a groundswell this year in Australia of people of all genders demanding change when it comes to inequality and violence. However, we have also seen workplaces, schools, families and communities turn a blind eye to sexism and other drivers of gender-based violence.

Many Australians are ready for change, and it’s time to turn hope into action. By choosing to lead with respect in our relationships, workplaces, homes, schools, universities and communities, we can prevent family violence and gender-based violence together.

Many organisations are supporting the Safe and Equal initiative, with partnerships including the Victorian Council of Social Services, No to Violence, the Municipal Association of Victoria and Women’s Health Services Council.

Create a 'Respect Is' statement

This year’s 16 Days of Activism campaign will include 16 primary prevention-focused statements encouraging individuals and communities to take action towards creating a safe, equal and respectful future. Respect Victoria is encouraging organisations and individuals to create their own ‘Respect Is’ statements, or to use our existing statements to attach your messaging to and make an impact.

You can take a look at our 16 campaign statements here, and choose one to inspire your message. When sharing your statement during the 16 Days of Activism, we encourage you to use the hashtags #RespectIs, #16DaysofActivism and #callitout.

And, don’t forget to tag us in your statement or other 16 Days posts! Find us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

For other campaign collateral including bookmarks, logos, selfie frames, social media assets, and ideas on getting your organisation or group involved – head to the Safe and Equal website. 

Walk Against Family Violence 2021 

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence commences on Wednesday 25 November and will launch with the annual Walk Against Family Violence (WAFV). Respect Victoria is proud to be principal partner of this event. This year, we will be participating in the virtual walk as a commitment to victim-survivors and all those who have experienced family violence.

We highly encourage organisations and individuals to join us in walking towards a safe, equal and respectful future for all Victorians. Throw on an orange mask or scarf, and go for a stroll around your neighbourhood to show your commitment. Head to the Safe Steps website to register and take part.

Don’t forget to tag #wafv2021 and #whywewalk when posting on social media.

The 2021 event is organised by Safe Steps Family Violence Response Centre in collaboration with the City of Melbourne, Djirra, Domestic Violence Victoria/Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria, Emerge, InTouch Multicultural Centre, No To Violence, Respect Victoria, Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency, Victim Survivors’ Advisory Council and Women with Disabilities Victoria.


Support pathways

If you are experiencing family violence, concerned for your safety, or in an emergency situation please call 000 for urgent police assistance.

For a comprehensive list of recommended specialists support organisations refer to the contact us section of Respect Victoria's website.